Sydney Fouche, MPH is a new member of the ACRU having previously served as Unit Manager, Health Services Research Area Specialist- Policy Analyst, and ACRU Trainee Program Lead where she oversaw and conducted research in the ACRU’s ongoing projects, and provided training and mentorship to budding researchers. At present, she is taking time to focus on her health and family.
Prior to joining the ACRU team, she received her Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Michigan- Dearborn. Prior to pursuing her Master’s degree, Sydney worked in various community and health settings where her roles included working closely with community stakeholders to provide community members with access to healthcare and social services through insurance enrollment, case management, health program development, and health education.
Sydney’s introduction to research included evaluating social service programs, evaluating the roles of federal and local policies on community access to food and health resources, as well as using systems-thinking to qualitatively assess the preparedness of the public health workforce to address emerging health needs.
From her education, and years in public health practice and research she brings expertise in community health, community engagement, research leadership and mentorship, community-based participatory research, action/practice-based research frameworks, qualitative research, program development, and program evaluation. She also brings experience in mixed-methods research and event planning related to research, practice, and continuing education for early-career and working professionals.